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Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Saudi Arabian officials must prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week, left the Istanbul consulate, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

According to The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributor, he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week to get a document for his upcoming wedding. "It certainly doesn't look like he's around", Trump said.

Mr Trump said U.S. investigators had also been sent to help Turkey's efforts to trace Mr Khashoggi, who went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The paper printed pictures of the 15 Saudi nationals that appeared to be taken by security cameras during police control at an airport. The text on the screen from source in Turkish reads: "nine people enter from airport's E Gate on October 2, 2018 around 03:37".

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Saudi authorities. "It is not possible for us to remain silent regarding such an occurrence, because it is not a common occurrence", he said. Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran. "I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"Forced disappearances are cases against human rights and we are here to condemn this crime committed against a journalist", Yurtsever said. I don't like it.

Asked if U.S. -Saudi ties were in jeopardy in light of the Khashoggi matter, Trump did not give a direct answer, saying, "I have to find out what happened. and we're probably getting closer than you might think".

Reuters news agency quoted a Turkish official in an interview with local NTV channel as saying: "Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador in Ankara again on Sunday".

Under the law, Trump would have 120 days to report to the Senate with a determination and a decision on the imposition of sanctions.

Since the disappearance of Khashoggi, activists and journalists have gathered by the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly every day in the last week to rally in support of the missing writer.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the USA officials had seen "conflicting reports" about the status of the Washington Post contributor, and so were unwilling to "make any judgments about what happened to him".

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of USA legislators triggered a human rights investigation into Mr Khashoggi's disappearance that could result in sanctions if he is found to have been killed.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi crown prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally. He says that stepping back from arms sales to the Saudis "a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country". "What happened is a bad thing, assuming that happened".

"Nobody knows what happened", he said. The UN also has been in contact with the Turks, he said. He added that Saudi Arabia's agreeing to Turkey's request to search the consulate would "at best reduce tensions between the two countries".


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